Published in Computational Particle Mechanics Vol. 5 (3), pp. 355-373, 2018
In this paper we analyze the capabilities of two numerical techniques based on DEM and FEM–DEM approaches for the simulation of fracture in shale rock caused by a pulse of pressure. We have studied the evolution of fracture in several fracture scenarios related to the initial stress state in the soil or the pressure pulse peak. Fracture length and type of failure have been taken as reference for validating the models. The results obtained show a good approximation to FEM results from the literature.